What To Believe In ~ Repost

 

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That is a question I have heard a great many people sounding out lately. Everywhere, in all corners of our lovely Mother Earth…”stuff” is happening. Unsettling things, events we never imagined, people and governments doing wild and erratic things…and it feels like the energy is only ramping up…and we wonder how to deal with it all, how we will continue to forge our own paths. In the midst of our confusion lies an impossible conundrum…

What To Believe In…Anymore.

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I read a headline this week that said we have lost hope and have nothing more to Believe in. And I want to challenge that headline here. Because we absolutely DO have something left to Believe in. Even in the face of such things we appear to have no control over…we still have something solid, steady, and powerful to Believe in. And that is…Ourselves!

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We may feel we are at a low point, and when we look out into the world, there is precious little to stake our hope and belief in the future on. And So…if we cannot find Belief out there…the most profound and sacred choice would be to…Believe in Ourselves.

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Believe that we can still retain our Inner Light, our Inner Peace, and our Inner True Soul and Self…because nothing and no one can ever take those from us. And with those, we can still forge our lives in the best way we can to follow our paths…which we still can…and must…do.

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By Believing in ourselves even in the face of all this confusion, it keeps the concept, the energy of Believe alive and real and resonates in the air and energy around us.

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We cannot allow Belief and Hope to die. We must keep it alive, within ourselves, so that…no matter what…we still have US, our lives, and the Love and Light that we shine. It can and will make a difference. We must not stop Believing in that.

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NO MATTER WHAT WE THINK IS OR ISN’T OUT THERE TO BELIEVE IN ANYMORE…THE MOST IMPORTANT AND LIFE AFFIRMING BELIEF…IS IN OURSELVES. THAT IS WHO AND WHAT WE BELIEVE IN…AND THAT CAN CHANGE ANYTHING!

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Blessings!

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A Matter of Will ~ Repost

 

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I wrote this blog last year, and it came up in a conversation last night, so I was prompted to post it again. May you enjoy it a second time. Blessings!

“Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners.”  ~ William Shakespeare

“Most of life’s actions are within our reach, but decisions take willpower.”  ~ Robert McKee

“So many of our Dreams at first seem Impossible, then they seem Improbable, and then when we summon the Will, they seem Inevitable.”  ~ Christopher Reeve

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of the determined soul.”  ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Do or do not. There is no try.”  ~ Yoda

“The star of the unconquered will, he rises in my breast. Serene and resolute and still, and calm and self-possessed.”  ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
”When the will is ready the feet are light.”  ~ Proverb
”Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.”  ~ Benjamin Disraeli

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from the Desk of MarDrag:

In the old, tattered and dog-eared pages of the worn hard cover copy of my Oxford American Dictionary that still sits on my desk (collecting dust), the definition of Will is as follows:

WILL: The mental faculty by which one deliberately chooses or decides upon a course of action: Diligent purposefulness; determination: Deliberate intention or wish: Self-control; self-discipline: A desire, purpose, or determination

Merriam Webster describes Willpower as:  energetic determination

I like all of these descriptions and definitions, my favorite being; “the mental faculty by which one deliberately chooses or decides upon a course of action.” There is also a common word in all of the definitions: determination.

If we put “deliberately chooses or decides” together with “determination”, we have the perfect characterization of the Will. And we all have one. We use it every day in fact (to different degrees), even when we don’t realize it or are not conscious of it. We use it for small things like completing tasks, or getting the hubby/wife to do something we want them to do, or big things like creating businesses or the next great invention. And we use it for all those things in between.

The thing is…we use our Will frequently, and yet, we may not give it the conscious attention, focus or acknowledgement that we should. It is what we do with our Will, or for many, don’t do, that carries us along our paths in life.

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If we would like to craft our lives in the fashion that we want to live, be who we desire and aspire to be, have the things we desire to have, and stop living at the affect of those things that would seem to control us….then we need to change our focus from “why?, I can’t, I don’t want to” or “I don’t know” to “I Will”. And I do not mean the “I will do such and that”. I mean the I WILL which deliberately chooses and makes the decisions of our lives and executes those decisions with determination until the result is to our satisfaction. It is a subtle yet powerful distinction. And one that can change our lives and propel us to realize our potential and that we have the power to overcome our resistance to use our Will in all its positive power.

I am not speaking of Willpower so much as the Power of the Will.

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Acknowledge your Will and the influence it has on your life. Then gain command of it by making deliberate choices about yourself and your life, always striving to direct your Will in a positive direction. When we practice letting go of, “Why aren’t things going my way?” to “I will direct my energy in the way I want things to go, and with a strong Will behind it”, then we empower our lives to move in the direction that we wish it to go. If we are honest with ourselves about that direction, and we make sure it is a positive direction toward perfect love and perfect trust, then we need not fear or worry about where it will lead us. Directing the Will from our inner Wiser Self always guides us to the right course on the right road. The one we are truly meant to take.

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Do not be afraid to acknowledge your Will. Do not be afraid to use it, but be clear, honest and good in your choices in how you use it. Choose to be empowered in the name of goodness and love, Will that you live your life in abundance and peace and that the rest of the world rise to the goodness of Will as well. A thousand Wills, and hundreds more, one by one…and we can change not only our own life, but the life of the world.

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Blessings!

“Ugh” Is OK Too ~ Repost

 

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I have been feeling low and drained this week…so I thought this would be a perfect post for Throwback Thursday. I posted this 3 years ago…but it certainly fits for this week too. If you are feeling it also…may these words help you today. Much Love and Blessings!

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A lovely and cherished client asked me to write this blog the other day. We were talking about how most days it is part of our routine to begin the day with Spirit in our hearts and on our minds…and to say our daily prayers or rituals, or whatever name we give them, to draw positive and spiritual energy around us and make the day better because of it. I write a great deal about this here on the blog, and encourage us all to be aware of, and actively manage, our thoughts and actions in a positive direction. I believe that putting focus and attention on these topics every day helps to steer us away from negative thought and energy and retrains us to realize that we have command over what we think and feel…and that we always have a choice about how we direct those thoughts and feelings.

But then…there are…”THOSE” days.

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The “UGH” days. The days that, no matter how hard we try to bring Spirit into the day, we fail. Or no matter how hard we try to redirect our thoughts, or let go of something that is bothering us, or release anger and hurt, or send Love into the world…it just does not happen. It just won’t happen. It just doesn’t work. And what’s more…we might not want it to. For that day…we just might want to feel cranky, or sad, or frustrated…and no matter what we read, or what someone tells us, or how hard we pray…”it” won’t leave us…and we revel in it and can’t draw ourselves out of it.

My client asked me…is that ok? Do I always have to bring it around to positive? Shouldn’t I try harder? Or can I have an “UGH” day?

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I chuckled…and told her a story. For that very morning, I had an “UGH” moment myself. They do not come often anymore…but they come. And no matter how much I tried to do my Cleansing and Grounding exercise, or to Release what I was feeling and Balance my energy, or to Change my energy flow to Positive…nothing worked. It was not happening. And, it was not going to. Now, I have done this work for a long time, and with all that practice, it usually has tremendous impact on me and my day. I teach this to others as well. But that day…oh my…

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So, I Surrendered to it. I gave up trying to make it anything other than what it was, and I allowed myself to Feel “It”. Really Feel it. Let it course through me and make itself known…to have its experience within me…so that it got what it needed, and then I was able to Release it…later. (After doing what we all do and putting it aside during work and obligations).

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For that moment though…I closed my eyes and turned my face and my heart and soul to my Higher Powers and said that, perhaps I could not reach the level of Spirituality I normally do that day…but if I could just send out my prayer of Gratitude for all that I have, and ask for Guidance and Support just to get through the day…then would that be good enough. And the answer from above was…Yes, It Is Good Enough. Sometimes we just have to accept that things are the way they are, even if they are not the greatest. And that we can’t always change it at that moment…or be the stellar Spiritual Warrior we usually expect ourselves to be, and are. Some days, our “best” is just to get through it. Some days it is hard to have a positive attitude when you feel like you do not have one more ounce to give. But, just remember, there is always tomorrow.

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So on those days when you just can’t pull it all together…know it is OK to be “UGH”. Know it is ok to be exactly where you are at and not to feel bad about it, or inadequate, or like you should be “doing it better” or “making it happen”. Some days…it just doesn’t happen. And…it is…OK.

Take the pressure off…and be who you are today. That IS enough!

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A Bit About Transition ~ Repost

 

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“Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.” ~ Tom Stoppard

“In the space between chaos and shape there is another chance.”  ~ Jeanette Winterson

“A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone.”  ~ Mandy Hale

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from The Desk of MarDrag:

Transitions. Everyone seems to be going through them on any number of different levels, so I wanted to expound a bit on the subject and the Weekend Post. Transitions seem to be the most difficult part of change and evolving. When we are in Transition, we are smack in the middle of a Change…we have left what is changing behind and we have moved into the tunnel, the middle of the movement, we are “in transit”, and we can no longer see nor are we attached to what we left behind…but we also can not yet see where we are headed, or what the outcome will be. But as one of the quotes from Sunday’s blog says…” all Transitions are composed of an ending, a neutral zone, and a new beginning.” (Walter Bridges). It is the new beginning we sometimes forget is waiting for us.

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Transitions are that time when we hold our breath in anticipation of what will come. Would we spend that time in Fear…or in our Truth and Power as we cultivate the energy that will take us where we want to go. It is in Transition that we have the most Power…because it is that moment, that space between what was created and what is to be created…so it is a chance to find clarity on what we really want to create. It can be a useful time.

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And while we may not be certain something good is going to come, we are equally not certain that something bad is going to come either. We Fear what will happen, yet it has not happened yet, so what use is that Fear? If it happens, we already know we will deal with it. Because we always do. If something wonderful happens, then we have wasted that time spent in Fear of the unknown, when the unkown held something great for us all along.

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In addition, we are contributors to our Destiny, so while outside forces play a part in what occurs in our lives, we too have our inner force, our Power, Choices, and Decisions that can be the factors that sway the direction in which the Transition takes us.

The Oxford American Dictionary tells us the definition of Transition is:

the process of changing from one state or style to another; passage from one form, state, style, or place to another; movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another

I like the part that states Transition is a Passage, so that tells us it is not a place we stay. The very root of Transition is Transit…in movement. And a Passage, a Movement, always takes us to somewhere else. It is as if being on a train ride. So, are we riding that train in Fear and Apprehension…or would we spend that time on the train reading, studying, praying, creating, dreaming, and sending our Energy and Power out to be counted in the forming of our destination. It really is all in our Perception of how we see Transition.

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If we are in Transition, then movement has begun and we cannot stop it. But, we can certainly have Power in directing where we are going and what we choose along the way. AND…most importantly…we have a choice about how we spend our time in Transition. Which can be…taking care of ourselves, gaining clarity on where we are going, and focusing our energy in a positive direction.

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Transitions can be a bumpy ride…but they can also be full of useful and empowering action, even if that action is to sit back and wait for the train to arrive at the next station. We do not have to dread Transition, it can be exciting and thrilling if we see it as the time of the caterpillar in its cocoon, just before it breaks free and morphs into a beautiful Butterfly…and begins a whole new life.

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Blessings!

 

All pictures courtesy of Google Images and credited where possible.

Finding Comfort ~ Repost

 

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“Never underestimate how much assistance, how much satisfaction, how much comfort, how much soul and transcendence there might be in a well-made taco and a cold bottle of beer.” ~ Tom Robbins

“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” ~ Maya Angelou

“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness — just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Dream about things that envelop your being like a comfortable blanket.”  ~ T. Devour

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from The Desk of MarDrag:

I had a long, busy, activity filled day the other day and when I finally completed everything and could take a break and a breather, I looked to find some relaxation and comfort. So I gathered an ice cold bottle of water, a snack, and a chocolate and climbed the stairs to my loft, where all my treasures, books, and my desk are located. Also in this lovely space is my favorite purple reading chair. It is an indulgence of plush material and sits deep. It has a matching ottoman perfect for resting tired feet. I keep a small table next to the chair, which is positioned in the middle of the loft, and I placed my food and beverage there. I lit a stick of incense, lit several candles, and turned to my chair. I sat down, deliberately scooting into its depths to find the exact right position, pushing and plumping the cushions with my body to fit it most comfortably. I propped my feet upon the ottoman, and took several long, deep, core breaths. This…I thought…is absolute Comfort.

This…I also thought…is what we need to strive to find a few moments for ourselves every day. I know, it is difficult to find the time. And some would say they cannot find Comfort in their life right now, that there is too much turbulence.

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But…there are those simple, quiet things, as simple as a favorite chair, that can make those moments of Comfort for us. And it is those moments when we allow ourselves some Comfort that keep us going, nurtured, and replenished.

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So, whatever Comfort means to you…allow yourself to find it among the stressful minutes of your day. Comfort can come in many ways or from many things or people…it matters not where it comes from…but that it comes to be a natural part of our lives, our days. Especially now, gather Comfort to you and give yourself that gift. It makes such a difference…and you deserve it!

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And…may you find a bit of Comfort from your visit here. Know that Love and Warmth are wrapped around you with every click to the blog!

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Blessings!

Weekend Inspiration~Don’t Panic, Focus

 

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No Matter where we land on the spectrum of what is currently happening, it is safe to say that, enough is going on to make us all feel unsafe.

We don’t know what will happen next, but I feel…deeply…that is important not to panic…but to Focus…for what we “see” is not all there is…

We need to Focus on each moment of our own lives and try our best to…

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It is…and won’t be…easy. But…

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It is also essential not to lose our…

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For it will help us through it and to thrive.

One more thing that is so very important for me to convey…from the depths of a full heart is…

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NEVER FORGET…

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And now I am…

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And…

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HAVE A PEACEFUL, LOVING WEEKEND!

The Hero ~ Repost

 

I posted this blog a couple of years ago and it seems it is more relevant today than ever before. Take this into your day and believe in You!! Blessings!

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I was doing my daily peruse of news articles and blogs today and found myself reading so many pieces written about people who are turning out not to be the people we thought they were. Many people, from government representatives to business executives, charity organizers to community do gooders, organization creators to major name athletes, and even well liked characters on our favorite reality tv shows. One commenter on a blog wrote the well-known line, “how the mighty have fallen”.

And I got to thinking…as I stood under a hot shower later…how so many of our “heroes” these days disappoint us. And, can we hold anyone up to be a hero anymore? It used to be…in the “olden days” (LOL!), that there were those people, in many different walks of life, who did out of the ordinary things, and were dubbed our “heroes”. We all looked up to them, especially young people, and looked to them for the standard by which good behavior would measure. And we aspired to be like them.

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In this current technological age we live in, where the finest and most hidden details of a person’s life can be found out in a “hot minute”, the term “hero” struggles, because even the best of people can be brought down by just one moment in their lives. And those that try to show themselves as good people or “heroes”, but are really not, are also found out quickly…and we are disappointed.

Now, I know the importance of having people to look up to that do great things with their lives, and make important contributions of great magnitude in the world…and I know there are still many people that fit that description, but we seem to put more attention on the fallen heroes than the ones that have risen. And the ones that have risen are still human too, and are not infallible, just like the rest of us.

So where do we look for the best example of a hero to hold up? We look within.

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I am reminded of the lyrics to a Mariah Carey song from many years ago that was one of my favorite songs ever:

“And then a hero comes along, With the strength to carry on; And you cast your fears aside, And you know you can survive; So when you feel like hope is gone, Look inside you and be strong; And you’ll finally see the truth, That a hero lies in you.”

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You have a hero within you…..the one that gets up every morning and faces with day with courage, as best you can, and walks through your day doing all manner of important things to care for yourself, your family, your job, other people…making your mark on the world no matter how big or small. You bravely face this world full of things to be worried and frightened of….and you carry on anyway. You find the strength to march through it all, and the courage to say, I will not be defeated….if even just for today.

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YOU are the Real Heroes! So, be your own Hero, and hold yourself up in great esteem.

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Blessings!

Stay Steady And……

 

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Tomorrow is a big day and no matter where you land on the political scope…it is going to be intense and unsettling. So I want to remind us all that…though we may not be able to control what is happening…we CAN still have control of our own worlds, thoughts, actions, and feelings.

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We can’t allow all the hype to penetrate so deep that we forget it is our response to it all that makes us miserable or ok.

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Even though we may feel we are being sucked into the negative wave…remember…

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We can panic and become worried and uncertain when things do not “look” like we think they should and it unsettles our peace of mind…

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But we can’t wait for everything to be perfect in order to be at Peace…So…

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The one thing we can all have command of is our thoughts, actions, and response to what is happening…so let us make a good choice for ourselves and…

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Let us make a conscious choice to “view out there” while we stay Steady, Strong, Positive, and Peaceful within ourselves and our lives and worlds. Remember that things are changing rapidly moment to moment…and that means anything can happen. Let’s make that a Positive thing!

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BLESSINGS!

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Weekend Inspiration ~ Turn “It” Off!

 

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There is no doubt things are happening, ramping up, and getting intense just about everywhere we look today. I do not believe there is any place on this planet right now not going through “change chaos”. And we are being bombarded through the media, etc…as well as our own minds and hearts becoming overwhelmed with a vast array of emotions. It can be exhausting and discouraging. That is why…I am making the suggestion for this “Weekend Inspiration” post to…

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Take a break from it all and let go of the need to keep up with it. We are headed for a tough week. So, just for this weekend…

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We need to give our minds and hearts a little down time…

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And turn our Focus back onto ourselves, our own lives, our homes and loved ones and just let…

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We need now, more than ever, to take care of ourselves, our hopes, our dreams, and our Inner Peace and Power…

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Allow this weekend to be about YOU…as you “turn it off” out there…and turn it on within you…Do something from your everyday bucket list…or just concentrate on being peaceful and creating joy in your house, heart, and family…

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Turn the negative noise away with the decision to…

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Let Yourself have this time to replenish your Mind, Heart, Soul, and Body…we are going to need it!

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And remember that the most important thing to know this weekend is…

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BLESSINGS AND LOVE TO YOU ALL!